'Ghost' defends AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia players over snub

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The four players opted against joining Stanley Okumbi's side that is preparing for Afcon qualifier and travelled to Tanzania

Former Harambee Stars and Tusker FC coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee feels Duncan Otieno, Haron Shakava, Kenneth Muguna and Timothy Otieno made a 'wise' move to snub the national team.

The four players opted against joining Stanley Okumbi's side that is preparing for Afcon qualifiers, and accompanied their respective clubs to Dar es Salaam for Super Cup. Mulee feels the players were right in their own way, after considering their chances of playing in the forthcoming qualifier against Sierra Leone on June 13.

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"It is a privilege to play for the national team, and every player wants it, but sometimes it might be a blessing in disguise. Those four players acted with their instincts maybe feeling that they will not make the final squad taking into consideration the competitiveness and quality in the team," Mulee told Goal.

"Thirteen players, who play abroad have been called to camp, and to be realistic, players like Haron Shakava knows way too well that his chances of making the cut are minimal. Yes, choices have consequences, but in one way or the other, they took an option that looked good in their eyes since they wanted a place they were guaranteed they will play."

The Super Cup consists of eight teams and it will start on Monday. Kenya will be represented by league champions Tusker, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars while Tanzania have Singida, Jang'ombe, Yanga and Simba.

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